Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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Frequent flyer programs are becoming increasingly popular as airlines try to attract frequent customers and reward them for their loyalty. While this offers a wide range of benefits to customers, some frequent flyers find themselves wondering if it’s possible to transfer their reward points to another airline’s frequent flyer program to take advantage of a particular flight or reward.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider.

Many of the world’s most popular airlines form partnerships with other airlines to offer flight networks that span the globe. They also allow customers to enjoy frequent flyer member benefits across a host of partner airlines, including redeeming their frequent flyer points for tickets on codeshare flights, which is where two or more airlines share the same flight.

Under some programs it’s also possible to earn tier miles when flying with partner airlines, allowing you to reach higher levels of membership in your frequent flyer program.

Other airlines that you can redeem your miles and points for

While it’s not possible to transfer frequent flyer points to another program, some airlines allow you to redeem your points for flights and other rewards with ‘partner airlines’.

Take a look at the frequent flyer programs and airline partnerships provided by some of the world’s most popular airlines.

American Airlines

American Airlines’ AAdvantage program allows members to earn frequent flyer files on flights and with more than 1,000 partners. As this company is a member of the oneworld Alliance, you can also earn points on codeshare flights with airberlin, US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and TAM Airlines. AAdvantage members can also earn tier miles with all of these airlines, allowing you to reach a higher level of membership sooner.

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Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles & More, and it allows customers to earn points by booking flights, hotels, car rental and in a range of other ways. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, perhaps the best-known airline alliance in the world, so it offers codeshare flights through a number of airlines. Miles & More members can earn award miles (which are like regular frequent flyer miles), status miles (which determine your membership status and are also counted as award miles) and HON Circle miles (only available to the top-tier members) when they fly with Lufthansa’s partner airlines:

  • Adria Airways. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Aegean Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Astana. Earn award miles.
  • Air Canada. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air China. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Dolomiti. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Air India. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Malta. Earn award miles.
  • Air New Zealand. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • ANA. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Asiana Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Austrian Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Avianca TACA Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Brussels Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Condor. Earn award miles.
  • Copa Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Croatia Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • EgyptAir. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Ethiopian Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • EVA Air. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Germanwings. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Jet Airways. Earn award miles.
  • LOT Polish Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Luxair. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • SAS. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Shenzhen Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Singapore Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • South Africa Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Swiss International Air Lines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • TAM. Earn award miles.
  • TAP Portugal. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Thai Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Turkish Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • United. Earn award miles and status miles.
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Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of benefits to members. Virgin offers codeshare flights with a number of respected partner airlines around the world, offering flights to a large number of destinations all over the globe and allowing members to earn tier miles when they fly. Partner airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines.

Earn more points with Virgin Velocity.

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Cathay Pacific

A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, Cathay Pacific has strong partnerships with several of the world’s most popular airlines. The members of this alliance are listed in the American Airlines profile above. Its Marco Polo Club allows you to earn tier miles on the flights of any oneworld airline partners. In addition, Cathay Pacific also has codeshare agreements in place with Air China, Air Seychelles, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Comair, Dragonair, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, SNCF, S7 Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.

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Etihad

Etihad Guest is the membership program of Etihad Airways, allowing members to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time they fly with Etihad or with a partner airline. Customers can earn tier miles when they fly with airberlin, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia.

In addition, Etihad offers codeshare flights with Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and more.

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program is known as KrisFlyer and it allows customers to earn miles for booking flights and for shopping with a number of retail partners. As Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, KrisFlyer members can earn tier miles on the following partner airlines: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United. However, keep in mind that only some booking classes are eligible for mileage accrual.

KrisFlyer members can also take advantage of codeshare flights with airlines like Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia and many more.

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Qantas

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the best-known airline rewards scheme in Australia, offering an array of benefits and discounts to its members. In addition to earning miles on Qantas flights, you can earn Qantas Points when you take an eligible flight on oneworld alliance member airlines airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Finnair, Iberia, JAL (Japan Airlines), LAN, TAM Linhas Aereas, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 and SriLankan Airlines. Members can also enjoy a host of in-flight benefits depending on their member status, while Qantas also has codeshare agreements in place with airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Jetstar, Emirates and more.

Earn more points with Qantas.

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Emirates

The Emirates Skywards program allows its members to earn Skywards Miles that can be redeemed for flights and other travel benefits. You can also earn miles when you fly with partner airlines including Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Virgin America. While you can’t earn miles on EasyJet flights, you can redeem your miles with this budget carrier.

In addition, Emirates offers codeshare flights with the following carriers:

  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Jetstar Asia
  • Korean Air
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Valuair
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Delta Air Lines

American carrier Delta Air Lines runs its SkyMiles program to offer rewards to frequent flyers. It has partnered with a number of airlines around the world to make it easier for customers to earn miles. Top-level partner airlines that allow you to earn tier membership miles include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, GOL, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. A number of other partner airlines also allow you to earn SkyMiles but at a lower rate, with lower-level partners including carriers like Aeroflot, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia.

It’s also worth mentioning that members can also take advantage of points-earning opportunities through Delta’s codeshare agreements with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

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United Airlines

United Airlines’ frequent flyer scheme is known as the MileagePlus program. As well as flights with United, members can earn miles on flights with the carrier’s partner airlines to more than 1,100 destinations around the world. MileagePlus miles can be earnt and used on any Star Alliance airline, including Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. Codeshare agreements are also in place with all Star Alliance members, as well as with other provides like Bulgaria Air and TAM Airlines.

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115 Responses to Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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    | July 25, 2016

    If I hold a Royal Orchid Plus mileage card and my ticket booking class is W and Q. How much mileage points will I earn?

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      Anndy | July 26, 2016

      Hi EF,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you booked a flight with THAI operated flights, you will earn these miles:

      Q Class – 100% of the actual miles flown
      W Class – 25% of the actual miles flown

      If your booking is with Thai Smile, the miles earned for both Q and W classes will be 100% of the actual miles flown.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    milverton | July 11, 2016

    How many points do I require for a return flight from Melb/ Bali in July 2017?

    • Staff
      May | July 11, 2016

      Hi Milverton,

      Thanks for your question. You have come through to finder.com.au we are an Australian financial comparison website and general information service.

      Just to confirm, which frequent flyer program you are a member with? Are you going to redeem your points for a return ticket with the airlines of your FF club or is it with their partner airlines?

      To further assist you, we’d appreciate if you could provide more details of your question.

      Thanks and cheers,
      May

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    Mike | July 9, 2016

    Can I transfer my united airline points to Virgin Frequent Flyers?

    • Staff
      Sally | July 11, 2016

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your United Airlines Mileage Plus points to your Velocity frequent flyer account.

      However, you can use your United Airlines points to redeem rewards with the following Star Alliance partners:
      ADRIA Airways
      Aegean Airlines
      Air Canada
      Air China
      Air India
      Air New Zealand
      ANA
      Asiana
      Austrian
      Avianca
      Avianca in Brazil
      Brussels Airlines
      Copa Airlines
      Croatia Airlines
      EgyptAir
      Ethiopian Airlines
      EVA Airways
      LOT Polish Airlines
      Lufthansa
      SAS
      Shenzhen Airlines
      Singapore Airlines
      South African Airways
      SWISS
      TAP Portugal
      THAI
      Turkish Airlines

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Ash | July 4, 2016

    Hi, I have 60 odd thousand miles with the Aegean Air Miles and Bonus program- can I transfer these to my KrisFlyer or my Virgin Australia account? Cheers

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      Peter | July 10, 2016

      I have Frequent Flyer points with both Emirates and Air China is there any way to transfer them to Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards Programme

    • Staff
      May | July 10, 2016

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points earned from one frequent flyer program to another as these programs have different terms and conditions particularly on how you earn points and what they can be spent on. So, therefore, you’re not able to transfer your FF points from Emirates and Air China to Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards Programme.

      But, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider. However, since Virgin Australia is not of the partner airlines of Emirates nor Air China, you may opt to redeem your FF points for flights with their respective partner airlines instead. For your convenience, I’ve emailed you the link to the partner airlines of Emirates and Air China.

      I hope this has answered your question.

      Cheers,
      May

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      Sally | July 5, 2016

      Hi Ash,

      Thanks for your question.

      While you can’t transfer your Aegean Air Miles directly to your KrisFlyer account, you can use them to redeem flight rewards with Singapore Airlines.

      Unfortunately, Aegean isn’t partnered with Virgin, so you can’t use your points to redeem rewards with them.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Khush | June 24, 2016

    Can i transfer my ethiad guest miles to another member of ethiad guest miles?

    • Staff
      Sally | June 24, 2016

      Hi Khush,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your points to another Etihad Guest frequent flyer. However, if they’re a family member, you can start a family pooling system where all of your points are pooled in one account. This means that you can share the points and perks of belonging to the program.

      You can apply for family pooling via the Etihad Guest website.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Jooles | June 13, 2016

    Am I able to transfer Qantas frequent flyer points to another airline within the Oneworld Alliance?

    • Staff
      Sally | June 14, 2016

      Hi Jooles,

      Thanks for your question.

      The exact details will depend on the frequent flyer program, but generally, you can’t directly transfer Qantas frequent flyer points to another program. However, you can often use them to redeem rewards with other airlines in the Oneworld alliance. You can usually do this by quoting your Qantas frequent flyer number at the time of booking your flight.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Adam | June 7, 2016

    Can I transfer Emirates Skyward Miles to Qantas Frequent Flyer points?

    Thanks, Adam

    • Staff
      Sally | June 7, 2016

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for your question.

      While you can’t directly transfer your Emirates Skywards Miles to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, you can redeem your Emirates Skywards Miles for flights and rewards with Qantas. You can make the booking through Emirates, making sure to book a flight with a QF number and quoting your Emirates Skywards frequent flyer number at the time of booking.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Michelle | June 5, 2016

    I have British Airways airmiles. Can I redeem these for domestic flights on Qantas or Virgin? And if so, how do I go about doing this?
    Thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | June 6, 2016

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your question.

      As Qantas is partnered with British Airways, you can redeem your British Airways Avios miles with Qantas.

      When you go to redeem a reward flight using your Avios miles, you’ll be shown what’s available with British Airways and their partners for the flight you’re after. So when you’re making a booking, just make sure to include partners in your selection.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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      Michelle | June 6, 2016

      Thank you, Sally

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    Mike | June 5, 2016

    Can I transfer my Etihad points to my Velocity account? If so can you please advise process?
    Regards
    Mike

    • Staff
      Sally | June 6, 2016

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can use your Etihad Guest miles to redeem flight rewards with Virgin Australia, but you can’t directly transfer your Etihad Guest Miles to your Velocity account. If you wish to use your Etihad Guest Miles to redeem flight rewards with Virgin, just make sure to quote your Etihad Guest membership number at the time of booking.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    chris | May 31, 2016

    If I fly Emirates can I nominate my Qantas FF account to receive miles/points

    • Staff
      Anndy | May 31, 2016

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comment.

      If you’re a member of Qantas Frequent Flyer Program, you can earn Qantas points on eligible flights with Emirates and other partner airlines.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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